As with any appliance, it’s important that you know how to use and maintain your water cooler safely. Whether your water cooler is at home or in the office, we’ve got some tips to help you, your family, or your employees stay safe and healthy while keeping hydrated.
Changing the bottle safely
If you or someone else in your home or workplace has to change your water cooler’s bottle, then make sure it is done properly and safely. You shouldn’t let your children change the bottle themselves, and make sure the bottle changer is not pregnant and doesn’t have a serious injury or mobility issues.
When lifting the new bottle, make sure you bend from your knees rather than your back, lowering your center of gravity rather than attempting to lift from a height. Keep the bottle as close to your body as possible during the lift and don’t make any sharp or jerking movements to avoid injury.
With a water delivery service, the person who comes to replace your water bottles and dispose of your empty ones may also change the bottle for you, saving you a job and making sure that it is done correctly.
Positioning your water cooler
Where you place your water cooler should also be safe and stable. Make sure to position the cooler on a flat surface to prevent it from tipping over. You should also make sure that all wires are tucked out of the way to prevent trips and falls. It may be worth placing a rubber mat underneath your water cooler to prevent spilled water from soaking into the carpet or making other types of floor slippery.
Keep hygiene in mind
Following proper hygiene standards will also help to keep everyone safe and healthy when using the water cooler. You should fully clean your water cooler and all of its components at least every 3 months. Between these times, it is also worth wiping down taps and other surfaces with antibacterial wipes. Recyclable paper cups are ideal for use in communal spaces like offices, just make sure these are stored facing downwards to prevent them from collecting dust inside.
Hot water safety
If your water cooler also has a hot water tap, then it’s important that this is clearly marked to prevent accidental scalding injuries. For home water coolers, make sure that any children in your house know about the risks of hot water and how to use this tap safely. Otherwise, it would be safer to keep the water cooler out of the reach of young children. When cleaning your water cooler, make sure the heating system has cooled down fully before you start cleaning.
If you need a water cooler and delivery service for your home or office, then contact Mountain Park Spring Water, and make sure you keep these safety tips in mind.